Daily Bible Verse:              Acts 26:16

‘Rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose…’

- The Lord wants you to stand up in His strength and ability.
- He has a plan and a purpose for your life.
- You are not here by mistake or by accident.
- Be encouraged, He has chosen and appointed you for His purposes.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for the reassurance that You have a plan and purpose for my life. I choose to rise and take hold of what You have for me. May my life be an instrument in Your hand and may I be a blessing to those around me. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse: Acts 26:16
‘Rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose…’

Daily Bible Verse: Isaiah 45:22
‘Look to Me, and be saved.’



By: Andrew W Roebert

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    - Sometimes we can become so bogged down in life that we don't realise that with each new day comes a new start and new beginning.
    - As a young man. I remember visiting my friend's home. His mother had an embroidered artwork that hung at the end of the passage as you walked out of the house. I can't remember the exact words, but it said something like this: 'TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE!' This left an impression on me as a young man. At the time I was young and didn't really take much notice, but yet it caught my attention, and has remained with me all of these years. 
    - How would we live if we realised that today was the first day of the rest of our lives?
    - I am sure it would change our perspective and cause us to embrace the new day with renewed hope and strength.
    - It would turn today into a new opportunity, and not just another day.
    - It would make what we do today more significant, and perhaps encourage us to make a new start and to make better use of it.
    - You see, your future begins now.
    - This is a moment that God has given you.
    - Grab it with both hands and make the most of it.

    - God in His wisdom and plan has brought you to this point.
    - Recognise His hand in your life.
    - Psalm 139:16 'You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.'
    - Never doubt the Lord's deep and enduring love for you, even in the tough times.
    - Always remind yourself that it is the Lord who has carried and sustained you.
    - 1 Samuel 7:12 Then Samuel took a stone and set it up... He named it Ebenezer, saying, 'Thus far the LORD has helped us.'
    - Perhaps you could just pause for a moment and remember what the Lord has done for you, and be thankful.

    - One of the biggest hindrances to fully utilising our today, is our past!
    - Our past comes with much baggage, and if we try to drag this baggage into the future, regardless of how precious it may be, it will hold us back.
    - Your past is exactly that, your past.
    - The beauty of the past is that it is over, and no one can change what happened there, but we can pause, look back for a moment, and then turn to look into the rising sunshine of today and all it promises.
    - Isaiah 43:18-19 'Do not call to mind the former things or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.'

    - In our culture there is a phrase that is often used: 'Tomorrow is another day!'
    - The implication is that we don't need to be concerned or under pressure, because there is always tomorrow.
    - We can see tomorrow as another chance or opportunity to achieve what we did not achieve today.
    - But the truth of the matter is that tomorrow never really comes.
    - When tomorrow comes, it is another today, with its own tomorrow still lying ahead. Today is actually all we are sure of.
    - Tomorrow is just another hope and another promise, of another today.
    - For this reason, it is important to realise how important today is.
    - Proverbs 27:1 'Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.'

    - Philippians 3:12-14 'I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.'
    - This 'embracing' of the new and this attitude of pressing on, should be our quality decision and the choice of our hearts.
    - Don't resign yourself to more of the same. Don't settle of less than God's best.
    - Say after me: 'I believe that the Lord has great things in store for me. He has a hope and future that He has prepared for me. Today, I step away from the past and I embrace His new season, His new life and His purpose and plan for me! Amen'


    1. Don't waste your time on futile things.
    - 1 Peter 4:2 'You won't spend the rest of your lives chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God.'

    2. Don't depend on your own wisdom.
    - Proverbs 19:20 'Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life.'

    3. Do not live in fear of the future. 
    - Matthew 6:34 'Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.'

    4. Give life your best shot.
    - Colossians 3:23 'Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.'

    5. Expect the best from God.
    - 1 Kings 3:13 'And I will also give you what you did not ask for - riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life!'

    6. On a daily basis, step into the abundant life the Lord offers you.
    - John 10:10 'The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.'

    By: Andrew W Roebert
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